New York, N.Y. – Sophomore outside hitter Maddie Lord (La Jolla, Calif.) had a match-high 18 kills in Manhattan on Friday night, but Columbia was able to overcome the Bears, winning 3-2 (26-24, 24-26, 25-20, 17-25, 7-15). Brown totaled more kills, digs and assists than the Lions, but Columbia was able to withstand a slow start to win the last two sets to secure the victory.
The first two games of the match were extremely competitive with each set going past the 24-all mark. Brown (3-8, 0-2) took the first, but Columbia (7-4, 2-0) rebounded to take the second. Bruno seemed to retake control in the third, winning by five points, but the Lions fed off its homecourt, taking the next two sets to close out the win.
Despite the loss, Brown owned many of the statistical advantages.
Lord led the way for the Bears with a season-high in kills in addition to seven digs and two blocks. Brown (3-9, 0-2) also got a double-double from rookie setter Rachele Killian (Laguna Beach, Calif.) who posted 26 assists and 10 digs.
Junior outside hitter Amanda Nickel (Corona Del Mar, Calif.) posted her second-straight double-digit kill performance with 16, to go along with two blocks and two digs.
Junior setter Alexandra Rieckhoff (Laguna Beach, Calif.) had a match-high with 32 digs in her double-double showing with 10 digs. Sophomore libero also posted a match-high with 18 digs.
Columbia clutch hitting in the fourth and fifth games along with out-blocking the Bears 18-10, ultimately helped the Lions to the victory.
Brown is back in action tomorrow at 5 p.m., when travel upstate to take on Cornell.